Monday, March 12, 2018

HTH Newsletter

"Story is the wisdom that can guide you to your true destiny--both temporal and spiritual. All of the great myths, legends, and fairy tales have that power. If you understand their secrets, they can guide you to a full realization of your self. Great stories are designed to guide us to our full potential and are as necessary to our well-being as fresh air."

-James Bonnet, author Stealing Fire From the Gods.

Here are some stories and we hope you find some fresh air.

Welcome to High Tech High
This year we are excited to share this special peek into the culture, people and projects that form the stories of HTH. Coming to you in many forms, we begin with pictures below and look forward to sharing often. Enjoy! – Kaleb
The Principles Before the Principal
By Blake Dujowich, a HTH Junior, as published in
Trailblazers: Young Learners, Big Voices, New Paths (January 2018)  
“My learning experience as now an eleventh grade student at High Tech High has been very different from that of a traditional high school student. What makes my learning experience different is that from day one I felt a connection to the subjects, teachers, and fellow students.”
Some HTH students are planning to join the National School Walkout on Wednesday March 14th. Students are working closely with the administration to make sure the event is safe and peaceful. San Diego Police will be on hand for traffic control. Questions, please email Marcus at

Koffee With Kaleb is Wednesday March 14th at 9am and will continue as planned. Marcus Bell will be speaking to us about the school safety plan in light of the incidents in the past few weeks. There may be traffic issues leaving the meeting due to the walkout so please plan accordingly. 

Mark your calendar for Cinco De Mayo on May 2nd at HTH. The festivities start at 3:40pm and proceeds benefit MECHA.  Check the attached flyer for details 

Download the Benefit app from the Itunes or Android store, create an account, choose HTH as a beneficiary, link your credit card
and buy gift cards to use at your favorite stores! Easy and earn FREE $$$ for HTH. Questions, email us at
Wednesday March 14th - Koffee with Kaleb 9am 
Wednesday March 14th - National School Walkout Day 10am 
Wednesday March 21st - Advisory Olympics 
Monday March 26th - Monday April 9th  - Spring Break, No School 
Tuesday April 10th - Back to School 
Tuesday April 10th - Parent Association Meeting 8:45am 

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

HTH Newsletter

What’s So Different About High Tech High Anyway?

By Katrina Schwartz FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Walking onto a High Tech High campus is like entering a workshop. Our tour guide, sophomore Caroline Egler, pointed out classrooms that supposedly housed physics or humanities or biology, but most students weren’t in those rooms. They were in the hallways working on projects, huddled around computers together, or even working at desks elevated 8 feet above the ground so they towered over the floor. Students seem to be working with purpose, even if it’s not immediately obvious what they’re doing. The scene is chaotic, but not out of control.  Read more.....

First Generation College-Going HTH Seniors

The transition from high school to college is exciting and it can also be very nerve-wracking. Research shows that students whose parents haven't earned a university degree can benefit from having a mentor to help prepare them for what they will encounter in college (Tierney & Garcia, 2014; Vargas, 2004; Zimmerman, 2000, to name a few). High Tech High's First Generation Mentorship Program pairs first generation staff & faculty with first generation college-going seniors. We meet monthly as a group to build a support network in this transitional time. Mentees also meet one-on-one with their mentors each month to discuss an array of topics related to college. These meetings provide mentees with additional information and support while forging close-knit relationships between mentor and mentee. We expect for these relationships to continue beyond high school, especially as mentees begin to navigate college life. This experience was created by HTHer Sofia Tannenhaus.

HTH Mecha Needs Volunteers

Dear Moms and Dads, 
It has been our HTH Mecha tradition that our parents and students collaborate together to design and plan the 5 de mayo fundraiser fiesta.  We will begin the process on February 28th at 5:30pm in the HTH commons. Here is a flyer with more information.    
With much gratefulness, Judy

Help raise funds for HTH's Parent Association by eating at Panera (in Liberty Station) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018! Print & take in the attached flyer  OR show it on your smartphone anytime between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Panera will give our school 15-20% of all funds raised.

Feel free to spread the word (and flyer!)  to your friends/family/social media! 
Hope to see you there! :)

Remember to download the Benefit app and use it to make your everyday purchases.
Every purchase will send a percentage back to HTH! 

Wednesday Feb. 28th - 5 de Mayo prep meeting at 5:30pm in the commons
Monday March 5th - Friday March 9th - Student Led Conferences
Tuesday March 6th - HTH Parent Association Meeting at 8:30am in the conference room
Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th - Minimum Days, Early Dismissal 

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